Today's News

  • County board moves on 911, Web site

    The new chairman of the Fayette County Board isnt wasting any time in getting the board moving on new issues.

    At Tuesdays meeting, Steve Knebel who was named chairman after Dean Black resigned in November appointed a committee that will study the interest in Enhanced 911 phone service for the county.

    Knebel also encouraged completion of the work necessary to get a county Web site up and running.

  • Open house at Brownstown Library is next weekend

    The move of the Brownstown Branch Library to its new and bigger home will be celebrated this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an open house.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the new home of the library, which is now housed in the former bank building next to the village hall. The open house on Friday will run from 2-5 p.m.

    The open house continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Ruby Goldsborough will be a special guest at the Sunday open house.

  • Santa here on Saturdays

    Santa Claus will be in Vandalia to visit with local children on Saturdays.

    Santa will be at Something Special Florist & Gifts, 402 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

  • L-U accepting Letters to Santa

    The Leader-Union is again accepting Letters to Santa.

    Letters from children up through second-grade age will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 13.

  • Porter appointed mayor in St. Elmo

    A man who has served as alderman in St. Elmo for about seven years has been appointed mayor in that community.

    In a 4-1 vote during a recessed meeting on Thursday evening, the St. Elmo City Council appointed Jayson Porter to the mayoral seat.

    Porter's election as mayor came three days after Randy Watson submitted his resignation. After Watson resigned, Porter was picked by the council to conduct the remainder of Monday's regular council meeting. The council recessed the meeting until Thursday night.

  • LLC resets South Central Night

    The regional Financial Aid Night Lake Land College scheduled this evening for South Central High School has been canceled due to the weather. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

    Representatives from Lake Land's Financial Aid office will present information on the 2008-2009 application process. The presentation will include information on state, federal, institutional and local financial aid programs.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 6

    eoe" Soroptimist International will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    eoe" Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

    Friday, December 7

  • VJHS 7th-graders fall one win short of state

    DIVERNON - The Vandalia seventh-grade girls basketball team's pressure defense helped carry it all the way to the Divernon Sectional by harassing and frustrating the opposition throughout the season.

    But on Wednesday night, the Junior Lady Vandals met their match, as Auburn stopped Vandalia just one win short of the state tournament with relentless defensive pressure and the scoring touch of guard Shelby Mangold in a 30-16 win in the Divernon Sectional title game.

  • Vandals fall to Oilers in home opener

    It was a sequence that became all-to-common during the second half of the Vandalia boys basketball team's home opener Friday night: Shot leaves East Alton-Wood River player's hand. Shot clangs off the iron. Ball winds up back the hands of an Oilers player.

    And ultimately, that disturbing trend led to a frustrating 45-41 loss for the Vandals.

    Overall, Vandalia finished with a 28-25 advantage on the glass. But 12 of the Oilers' 25 boards were of the offensive variety, leading to 11 second-chance points.

  • Vandal wrestlers win CM Invitational title for sixth time in seven years

    For the sixth time in seven years, the Vandalia wrestling team has claimed the championship of the Bethalto Civic Memorial Invitational.

    The Vandals bounced back from last year's third-place finish in a big way Saturday, as first-place finishes by Nathan Stone, Matt Shroyer and Adam Bowling helped VCHS reclaim the crown.

    Curtis Hemminghaus and Cody Pyle added second-place showings, as Vandalia finished with 232 points, far outpacing formidable opponents such as Murphysboro (199) and Civic Memorial (191.5), which placed second and third, respectively.